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'Bike country No 1': Dutch go electric in record numbers | World news | The Guardian
E-bikes now outsell standard bicycles in Netherlands, with quality prized more than price
cycling  ebikes  growth  Netherlands  Guardian  2019 
20 days ago by inspiral
How a Notorious Gangster Was Exposed by His Own Sister | The New Yorker
Astrid Holleeder has lived in hiding since becoming the star witness in a murder trial against her brother.
AstridHolleeder  crime  justice  Netherlands  NewYorker  2018 
august 2018 by inspiral
‘Cargo-Bike Moms’ Are Gentrifying the Netherlands - The Atlantic
n Rotterdam, the bakfiets utility bike has become a symbol—and a tool—of urban displacement.
gentrification  urbandevelopment  cargobikes  Rotterdam  Netherlands  review  TheAtlantic  2018 
july 2018 by inspiral
5 Reasons Why Amsterdam Works So Well for Bikes - CityLab
Skip or short-change any one of them and your city of bikes won’t work as well.
cycling  safety  design  urbandevelopment  advocacy  Amsterdam  Netherlands  CityLab  2017 
november 2017 by inspiral
Can Geert Wilders be more than the Netherlands' agitator-in-chief? | World news | The Guardian
Despite the rise of anti-Muslim feeling, many suspect far-right politician sees more value in leading a party of protest than of government
GeertWilders  PVV  politics  elections  Netherlands  review  Guardian  2017 
march 2017 by inspiral
The ruthlessly effective rebranding of Europe’s new far right | World news | The Guardian
Across the continent, rightwing populist parties have seized control of the political conversation. How have they done it? By stealing the language, causes and voters of the traditional left
politics  Islamophobia  immigration  PimFortuyn  GeertWilders  MarineLePen  DanishPeoplesParty  FrontNational  trends  growth  Netherlands  Denmark  France  Europe  author:SashaPolakowSuransky  Guardian  2016 
november 2016 by inspiral
The 'Airbnb effect': is it real, and what is it doing to a city like Amsterdam? | Cities | The Guardian
In the Dutch capital, Airbnb has been accused of driving up property prices and disrupting communities – while others say the website’s gentrifying tendencies are much exaggerated. So who’s right?
Airbnb  housing  gentrification  review  critique  Amsterdam  Netherlands  Guardian  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
To increase cycle use cities need to be anti-car, say academics | Bicycle Business | BikeBiz
A new book on how some European cities have high cycle usage, and others do not, has been published in the Netherlands. “Cycling Cities: The European Experience” is lavishly illustrated, and produced by an international group of cycling and history of transport academics. They heap praise on separated cycling infrastructure but add that “without restrictions on automobility … it is a moot question whether [cycle use can be boosted].”

Unless cities become explicitly anti-car, say the academics, the provision of kerb-protected cycle lanes in cities where cycle use is low will not lead to the modal share revolutions that some advocates believe will come once protected cycleways have been built.
cycling  safety  transportpolicy  Netherlands  research  BikeBiz  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
Why is the Netherlands doing so badly? | FT Alphaville
Consider the Netherlands.

By any Teutonic measure of “competitiveness”, the Netherlands is a standout performer. It has the biggest current account surplus, as a share of output, in the entire euro area, making Germany look almost Anglo-Saxon by comparison. The Netherlands is ranked the 5th “most competitive” economy in the world according to the World Economic Forum (the same folks who have that event in Davos), effectively tied with Germany. By comparison, France is ranked 22nd, Spain is 33rd, Portugal is ranked 38th, and Italy is ranked 43rd.

Yet the employment rate for Dutch 25-54-year-olds, a reasonable measure of the economy’s underlying vigour, is still about 5 percentage points below the pre-crisis peak. That’s basically the same situation as in Italy (note the different y-axes, which we used because the starting levels are different):
Netherlands  economy  critique  review  FinancialTimes  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
Social Networking Across Europe a Patchwork of Penetration Rates - eMarketer
More than half the population of Western Europe will be using social networks by 2019, but adoption rates across the region are surprisingly diverse, and growth rate are also slowing according to eMarketer’s latest forecast.

The Netherlands, Italy, Norway and the UK have some of the highest rates of social network usage in Western Europe, with at least 69% of internet users in each of these countries regularly visiting social networks. By contrast, France and Germany rank toward the bottom for social media usage in the region, with just 55.7% and 57.1% of internet users, respectively, using the platforms on a monthly basis—well below the regional average of 63.2%.
socialmedia  penetration  Europe  Netherlands  Norway  UK  Italy  Denmark  Sweden  Spain  Germany  France  statistics  eMarketer  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
The mafia and a very special flower arrangement
A florist in Holland acted as a front for international drug smuggling, say prosecutors. Busting the operation shows how a secretive Italian mafia has expanded across continents
Mafia  crime  organisedcrime  Italy  Netherlands  flowersNdrangheta  CosaNostra  Camorra  review  Reuters  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
The fight against food fraud -
It is after the fish is bought in these blocks that the supply chain control is lost. So a fish that was “caught 50 miles off the north coast of Scotland has been to China, has been to South Korea, and probably been to a couple of countries in between. What arrives back in a port in Scotland is a 7.5kg block of fish and you’re told, ‘That’s cod.’” A number of different fish frauds can be committed — Elliott calls them the “sins of sea fish” — substituting species, bulking up fillets with salty water, switching bulk catch for line-caught labels, deceiving on quotas.
food  fraud  crime  globalisation  InstituteforGlobalFoodSecurity  UK  Netherlands  FinancialTimes  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
Can virtual interactions replace “being there”? | GfK Insights Blog
Nearly a quarter of the online population across 22 countries believes that virtual interactions with people and places can be as good as being there in person.

Opportunities for virtual interactions are increasingly common in daily life – be it video-conferencing at work, ‘face-timing’ or instant chat via a smartphone, or exploring cities, restaurants or museums using Google Street view or 3D-Panorama. But can virtual interactions with people and places ever be as good as being there in person?

We put this question to internet users across 22 countries – and 23 percent firmly agree it can1 be as good, compared to 15 percent who firmly disagree[1].
communication  virtual  virtualreality  Japan  Netherlands  CzechRepublic  Sweden  Belgium  Australia  Canada  Germany  HongKong  France  UK  Turkey  Brazil  Mexico  China  Russia  USA  Argentina  Spain  Italy  SouthKorea  Poland  country  comparison  GFK  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
Location, location, location: Global house prices | The Economist
THE Economist tracks the health of housing in 26 markets around the world, encompassing a population of over 3 billion. Prices are now rising in 21 of these markets at a median pace of 4.7% a year. China’s housing market is one of only five countries in our index where prices are falling, joining Singapore and a trio of euro-zone countries—France, Greece and Italy. The government has been trying to boost the market over the past ten months which is now slowly responding.

To assess whether house prices are at sustainable levels, we use two yardsticks. One is affordability, measured by the ratio of prices to income per person after tax. The other is the case for investing in housing, based on the ratio of house prices to rents, much as stockmarket investors look at the ratio of equity prices to earnings. If these gauges are higher than their historical averages then property is deemed overvalued; if they are lower, it is undervalued. According to our measure, property is more than 30% overvalued in six of the markets we track, notably in Australia, Britain and Canada.

Explore the data in our interactive chart above (updated on October 6th 2015) and try to spot which market is looking most vulnerable. See full the article on global house prices
housing  prices  realestate  country  comparison  interactiveinfographic  Australia  Belgium  Brazil  Canada  China  France  Germany  Greece  HongKong  India  Ireland  Israel  Italy  Japan  Mexico  Netherlands  Russia  Singapore  SouthAfrica  SouthKorea  Spain  Sweden  Switzerland  Turkey  UnitedStates  UK  Economist  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
Income inequality: poverty falling faster than ever but the 1% are racing ahead | News | The Guardian
Is the gap between rich and poor widening? It’s not as simple as that, says Dr Max Roser, from the Institute for New Economic Thinking
income  incomeinequality  review  USA  UK  Canada  Ireland  Australia  Germany  Japan  France  Sweden  Denmark  Netherlands  global  comparison  Infographic  author:MaxRoser  Guardian  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
EY’s attractiveness survey: Europe 2015 Comeback time
FDI inflows into Europe rose by 36% in 2014, the biggest increase among major regions. This year, investors have ranked Western Europe (50%) as the world’s most attractive FDI destination for the second year running.

The global uptick in M&A was mirrored in Europe, where companies began a wave of consolidation in financial services, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and communications. The weakening of the euro, which has accelerated since year-end, has made many Continental European assets or investment projects more affordable, especially for those paying in dollars, pounds or Swiss francs.

But investors may also have reacted to the first signs of a long-overdue and multispeed European economic recovery that has since been confirmed, which is encouraging a rising wave of business investment across the region. In the final quarter of 2014, a sharp fall in energy prices also bolstered Europe’s attractiveness and stimulated its nascent economic recovery.
Europe  attractiveness  investment  foreigndirectinvestment  ranking  country  cities  UK  Germany  France  Spain  Belgium  Netherlands  Poland  Russia  Turkey  Ireland  London  Paris  Berlin  Frankfurt  Amsterdam  Brussels  Munich  Barcelona  Prague  Madrid  review  comparison  EY  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
Made in Holland: The Chanel of Africa | Messy Nessy Chic
A small town factory in the Netherlands might not seem like the obvious birthplace for African haute couture. Helmond is a place most people (Dutch or African) wouldn’t be able to point out on a map and yet, this unassuming little town is where one of the most iconic fashion brands of West and Central Africa was created. As the main supplier of fashion prints to nearly half a continent, the textile company has continued to dominate that fashion scene there for almost 170 years. How’d that happen? Rooted in European colonialism and a testament to African ingenuity, creativity, and cultural pride; it’s a surprising story…
Vlisco  fashion  fabric  Africa  Netherlands  profile  history  MessyNessyChic  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
The Trouble With Digitizing History | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
archiving  video  audio  culture  policy  SoundandVisionInstitute  Netherlands  LibraryofCongress  USA  FastCompany  2015 
september 2015 by inspiral
Is It Time for the Jews to Leave Europe? - The Atlantic
For half a century, memories of the Holocaust limited anti-Semitism on the Continent. That period has ended—the recent fatal attacks in Paris and Copenhagen are merely the latest examples of rising violence against Jews. Renewed vitriol among right-wing fascists and new threats from radicalized Islamists have created a crisis, confronting Jews with an agonizing choice.
antisemitism  Europe  France  Netherlands  Denmark  critique  Jewish  TheAtlantic  2015 
march 2015 by inspiral
The glass-ceiling index
Where is the best place in the world to be a working woman?

IN SOME countries International Women's Day on March 8th is a public holiday. But it is too early to relax efforts to increase equality for working women. The Nordics are still out in front, according to our latest glass-ceiling index, which shows where women have the best chances of equal treatment at work. It combines data on higher education, labour-force participation, pay, child-care costs, maternity rights, business-school applications and representation in senior jobs. Each country’s score is a weighted average of its performance on nine indicators.
gender  sexism  discrimination  country  comparison  Finland  Norway  Sweden  Poland  France  Hungary  Denmark  Spain  Belgium  NewZealand  Canada  Portugal  Israel  Slovakia  Germany  Australia  USA  Italy  Greece  Netherlands  Austria  Britain  Ireland  CzechRepublic  Switzerland  Turkey  Japan  SouthKorea  Infographic  interactiveinfographic  OECD  global  Economist  2015 
march 2015 by inspiral
The demise and rebirth of cycling in Britain | Environment | The Guardian
The Dutch never lost their love for the bicycle, but the Brits took to the car – and designed roads for four wheels, not two. It’s time we go Dutch
cycling  safety  advocacy  transportpolicy  Netherlands  UK  comparison  history  author:CarltonReid  Guardian  2015 
march 2015 by inspiral
Where In The World Is The Fastest Broadband?
The U.S. isn't even in the top 10 when it comes to broadband speeds. Here's a map of the world showing hotspots for high-speed connectivity.
internet  broadband  speed  global  SouthKorea  Japan  HongKong  Switzerland  Netherlands  Latvia  Sweden  CzechRepublic  Finland  Ireland  USA  ReadWrite  2014 
september 2014 by inspiral
GlobalWebIndex: WhatsApp Messenger Use Ranks Highest in Latin America, Middle East, and North Africa | TruTower
While Snapchat may be dominating against WhatsApp among teens overall, there’s still quite a large market for WhatsApp Messenger in areas outside North America.
WhatsApp in South America, WhatsApp in Middle East, Messaging in North Africa
That’s according to GlobalWebIndex, whose latest figures shed a little light on the logic behind Facebook’s WhatsApp acquisition earlier this year. Globally, WhatsApp has risen just 8 percent from the beginning of 2013 to now among mobile internet users.
Regionally, though, is where you really start to see the numbers tell a different story. In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), for instance, usage is as high as 68 percent, while usage in Latin America is as high as 61 percent. Malaysia stands at a very high 77 percent. This contrasts sharply to North America, where usage is only 7 percent. North America is also one of Snapchat‘s hotspots and one of the places where WhatsApp usage has actually gone down.
WhatsApp  mobilemessaging  penetration  global  Malaysia  SouthAfrica  Singapore  Spain  HongKong  Argentina  Mexico  India  Italy  UAE  Netherlands  SaudiArabia  Germany  Indonesia  Brazil  Turkey  Ireland  UK  Australia  Taiwan  Philippines  Russia  Thailand  Canada  Sweden  USA  Vietnam  France  Poland  China  SouthKorea  Japan  infographic  GlobalWebIndex  TruTower  2014 
september 2014 by inspiral
Sixth Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion
The European Commission's 6th Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion shows that EU Cohesion Policy is delivering on the growth goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy by creating jobs and reducing disparities across Europe. Looking ahead to 2014-2020, the report outlines how investments will be focused on key areas like energy efficiency, employment, social inclusion and SMEs to get the most of the investments to the benefit of citizens.
Europe  statistics  economics  environment  transport  employment  aid  investment  Denmark  Sweden  Finland  Netherlands  France  Luxembourg  Estonia  Austria  Germany  Belgium  Ireland  Slovakia  Latvia  UK  Hungary  Slovenia  Portugal  Poland  Lithuania  Romania  CzechRepublic  Cyprus  Italy  EuropeanUnion  2014 
september 2014 by inspiral
Why is America's Manufacturing Job Loss Greater than Other Industrialized Countries? | Workforce content from IndustryWeek
Innovation mercantilist practices by many of our global competitors  were specifically designed to boost these countries’ domestic production at the expense of American manufacturers.
manufacturing  developedworld  UK  USA  Sweden  Canada  Spain  Netherlands  NewZealand  France  Japan  Australia  SouthKorea  Italy  Germany  IndustryWeek  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
E-Bike Sales Are Surging in Europe -
With tens of millions of e-bikes already on the road in China, e-bike sales are now surging in Europe, especially in northern countries with long cycling traditions. For some markets, e-bikes have recently been the only area of growth.
ebikes  cycling  growth  Europe  Germany  Denmark  Netherlands  opportunity  NYTimes  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
Our Mobile Planet
Learn about smartphone adoption and usage across 48 countries. Create custom charts to deepen your understanding of the mobile consumer and get the data you need to guide your mobile strategy.
mobile  smartphones  mobileapps  mobileinternet  mobilecommerce  mobileadvertising  locationbasedservices  demographics  penetration  Argentina  Australia  Austria  Belgium  Brazil  Canada  China  CzechRepublic  Denmark  Egypr  Finland  France  Germany  Greece  HongKong  Hungary  India  Indonesia  Ireland  Israel  Italy  Japan  Korea  Malaysia  Mexico  Netherlands  NewZealand  Norway  Philippines  Poland  Portugal  Romania  Russia  SaudiArabia  Singapore  Slovakia  SouthAfrica  Spain  Sweden  Switzerland  Taiwan  Thailand  Turkey  UAE  UK  Ukraine  USA  Vietnam  Google  2014 
july 2014 by inspiral
2014 Report on Implementation of the EU regulatory framework for electronic communications - Digital Agenda for Europe - European Commission
The report starts with a chapter on the European Union, addressing issues such as economic indicators, competitiveness, market developments including roaming, regulations, broadband plans, authorisation, spectrum management, access and interconnection, consumer issues and net neutrality. This is followed by 28 chapters on market and regulatory developments in each of the EU Member States The report is a European Commission Staff Working Document and is published in the framework of the Scoreboard of the Digital Agenda for Europe.
mobile  statistics  Europe  Austria  Belgium  Bulgaria  Croatia  Cyprus  Denmark  Estonia  Finland  France  Germany  Greece  Hungary  Ireland  Italy  Latvia  Lithuania  Luxembourg  Malta  Poland  Portugal  Romania  Slovakia  Slovenia  Spain  Sweden  CzechRepublic  Netherlands  UK  telecoms  regulations  NetNeutrality  EuropeanCommission  2014 
july 2014 by inspiral
Europe’s top 10 most competitive economies | Forum:Blog Forum:Blog | The World Economic Forum
The 2014 edition of the The Europe 2020 Competitiveness Report, published this week, tracks Europe’s progress on its competitiveness agenda. The report includes an index which ranks the competitiveness of European Union member states. Here are the top 10 countries on this year’s list.
economy  comparison  Europe  Finland  Sweden  Netherlands  Denmark  Germany  Austria  UnitedKingdom  Luxembourg  Belgium  France  WorldEconomicForum  2014 
june 2014 by inspiral
Men Are More Likely to Live With Their Folks | FiveThirtyEight
This week, the European Union published data that is probably all too familiar to Americans: It showed that increasing numbers of European adults are living with their parents.
parents  households  children  youngadults  men  women  statistics  Finland  Netherlands  Bulgaria  Estonia  UK  Greece  Germany  Lithuania  Austria  France  Romania  Switzerland  CzechRepublic  Sweden  EuropeanUnion  Denmark  Norway  Poland  Iceland  Belgium  Hungary  Cyprus  Croatia  Latvia  Luxembourg  USA  Ireland  Portugal  Spain  Italy  Slovakia  Malta  FiveThirtyEight  2014 
march 2014 by inspiral
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